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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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#Review: Apple & Ginger

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle | Posted on 14-09-2015

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I’ve shared a few images of Little Dude’s bedroom on here before, but for those of you that don’t know there is a farm theme running through it. We did this in the simplest way possible with some of those reusable wall stickers which we have running along with top of his bed, and we’ve recently bought him some proper bedding, and gone for one set with animals and tractors on.

One of his favourite toys is a farm set which we keep in a box in the playroom, but we’re always looking for other farm related items which we can add to his bedroom. I was recently approached by Rachael from Apple & Ginger and asked if I’d like to review on of her new wall pictures and when I came across a tractor print, I couldn’t say no!


I just love this picture. It’s so bright and vibrant, and I adore how it can be personalised with your child’s name – the rhyme quote is also optional.

This is now hung on Little Dude’s wall, complete with his name and the quote. We received it beautifully framed and with a safe acrylic as opposed to glass covering making it less likely to break. I bursts out from the wall and Little Dude rather enjoys pointing at it and shouting out his favourite word, “DAT!”

Now of course there are other prints to choose from to suit any bedroom or playroom theme, from fire engines to balloons to even an ice cream van. You can buy just the print or a framed version in either A4 or A3 sizes, and there is even optional gift wrapping available too.

You can find Apple & Ginger on both Facebook and Instagram.

Home: Time To Redecorate

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Information | Posted on 03-05-2013

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I am loving this warm weather at the moment, and with prospects of it continuing for a while, it should be a great Bank Holiday weekend. There’s something about the sunny weather that makes people feel more optimistic and energised, and I seem to find myself achieving much more lately. Hubby and I have been talking about getting some more decorating done this summer in the house, and I think its high time our bedroom got a new look. I’ve been wanting to paint a wall or two in there since we moved in – the house was literally a blank canvas with pale cream walls in every room – and we’ve been thinking a green colour would be nice. Spring like but also, apparently, good for helping you sleep.

I do have a bit of a thing for bedding too. I’m under strict instructions that I don’t buy any more new bedding without getting rid of existing sets first. To be fair all the bedding I’ve bought in recent years has been for Little Man, what with monkeys and Buzz Lightyear being high on his list of favourites. I’m hoping for something a little subtler in our bedroom. Something to compliment the green wall, like yellows, creams or browns. Chances are I won’t be able to sneak a new complete bedding set into the house, but perhaps I can convince Hubby to a new throw, blanket or bedspread. Something a bit luxurious, just to treat ourselves for a change as opposed to Little Man.

Maybe we’ll brave the shops this weekend and pick up some bits and pieces. Ideally I’d like some nice paint, a matching throw for the bed, and perhaps a couple of bedside lamps instead of coping with just one and someone invariably walking in to the bed each night! Our bedroom is our little haven – mostly – and I think its time we spruced it up a bit. At least until Little Man decides to use our bed as a trampoline again!

Guest Post: How to Create a Shabby Chic Bedroom

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle | Posted on 28-03-2013

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Shabby chic is a huge buzzword in the interior design industry right now – it’s generally taken to mean a romantic, vintage-inspired interior, with pieces picked up from antiques fairs, flea markets and charity shops. Shabby chic is what you make it, but it’s really all about creating a warm, comfortable and homely environment that you’d be happy to sit back and relax in with a glass of wine. So how do you create the perfect shabby chic bedroom?

Start with White

The whole look would look a little bit cluttered if you started with a coloured or printed base on the walls, so build your shabby chic bedroom from a white or neutral base – try shades of white like cream, vintage white, aged white, and bring in your colour using your accents, soft furnishings, fabrics and furniture. White or cream furniture is also a great base to start from – this cream range from Lights and Furniture would work beautifully in a shabby chic bedroom, but you could also use it as the base for almost any bedroom – all you’d need to change would be the accents and the colour on the walls.

Be Careful with Prints

You can use a vintage-style wallpaper in a shabby chic room, but keep it to just one or two walls (one wall behind the bed, and one opposite), rather than all of the walls – too much print can look old-fashioned, especially if you pick a vintage ditsy print. When picking fabrics for your bedding and for your soft furnishings, keep in mind the overall colour theme that you’re sticking to. You can mix and match prints, but keep them in a similar colour palette so that the room has some sort of theme – too many different coloured prints could make your room look like a jumble sale. Steer clear of large flower patterns – these are fairly modern and would look out of place in the look that you’re trying to create.

Think About Colour

Most shabby chic rooms stick to a muted pastel colour palette – rose, sage green, lavender grey, and light blue, but you can definitely sway from these colours. Keep the colours you choose muted, washed out or light and they’ll have a definite vintage vibe. Remember though that the colours you choose will influence the type of mood your room creates – blues create a calm, cool feel, pinks and lilacs add depth and warmth and greens add a cheery vibe. Don’t make colours too matchy-matchy, either – instead of buying everything in baby pink, add a complementary shade of sage green or cool blue to the mix. It keeps the look much more contemporary and interesting.

Add Iron

Iron pieces will add an antiquey, vintage-inspired feel to any room – and you can pick them up for relatively little money. Look out for iron photo frames, candlesticks, mirrors, dressing tables, stools – they’ll instantly add a shabby chic vibe to your bedroom.

Don’t Be Afraid to Buy Second Hand

Scour local charity shops, flea markets and antique markets and fairs for furniture and accessories – you can snap things up second hand for a fraction of the price that you’d pay new. And don’t be afraid to re-purpose objects that you find – think about painting them, re-covering an old chair or re-working old fabrics into new cushions or bedspreads. Let your creative juices flow and don’t write off items just because they’re second hand – embrace them and their story.

And finally, don’t get sloppy! Remember that there is only a fine line between a cosy, comfortable shabby chic space, and a messy space with no apparent “look”. Only buy what you need and what there is space for.

Maximising Space In A Child’s Bedroom

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 25-06-2012

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I’m sure I’m not the only mum to be taken aback by just how many toys my child has amassed over the years, and just how much space these headless action figures and broken bits of Lego take up in my home. Yes, the irony here is that despite having no income of his own, my five year old son seems to own more personal possessions than I do, and so now we face a problem whereby his small bedroom can no longer house all of his belongings. The solution is of course to either win the lottery and buy that million-pound multi-room mansion, or – perhaps more realistically – to think about how to make the most of the space available in my child’s small bedroom.
Clearing clutter away and finding a home for each and every item is a good way to create a sense of space in any bedroom. Having practical storage solutions such as toy boxes and shelves around your child’s room is a good way to help control the chaos of books and toys being scattered everywhere. Creating a consistent routine with your child where they know where to return each item after they have finished with it is a good way to keep on top of maintaining a sense of space and order in their bedroom. They will also getting into the good habit of picking up after themselves, and praising this tidy behaviour will help them to develop a sense of pride about the space around them, encouraging them to want to keep it clean.
A bed can typically take up more room in a bedroom than any other item, and so one practical way of creating space is by doubling the bed up as both a place of sleep and relaxation for your wee one, and as a storage unit for their toys and trinkets. Practical divan beds are a good bet for doing this, and specialist bed and mattress provider Silentnight offers a wide range of different models to match the size of storage required, including specialised beds for children and toddlers.
Clothes can often be the biggest cause of clutter, and so finding a way to organise these with perhaps a closet system or shelving unit is a good way to avoid the unsightly image of socks and underpants strewn all over the furniture. Even something as practical as hanging a pocket shoe organiser on the closet door can be useful in making that extra bit of space. Again, try to use positive reinforcement to encourage your child to be responsible for putting away their own clothes, and for learning that every item in their room has a home, whether it’s their favourite Action Man or just a lonely old sock.